HBA-KDB, SEP H.B. 1035 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1035 By: Thompson Judicial Affairs 2/21/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Under current law, newly-elected justices of the peace are required to take a 40-hour course on ethics, responsibilities and jurisdictional issues of office. Justice courts now preside over more matters than the courts did when the 40-hour educational requirement was implemented. Because of the increased complexity of the duties of justices of the peace, they are expected to be more educated in the issues presented in the courts. House Bill 1035 increases the mandatory course for justices of the peace from 40 hours to 80 hours. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 1035 amends the Government Code to increase the educational requirement for justices of the peace from a 40-hour course to an 80-hour course in the performance of the justice's duties. The bill removes the qualifier restricting this provision to a justice of the peace who is not a licensed attorney. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.